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Downhill Racer -- A skier and his coach battle it out on the mountain in this trailer for classic late 60s film


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Release Date:
15 January 1970 (Japan) See more »
How fast must a man go to get from where he's at?
Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Downhill Racer is a character study. See more (35 total) »


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Robert Redford ... Chappellet

Gene Hackman ... Claire

Camilla Sparv ... Carole
Karl Michael Vogler ... Machet

Jim McMullan ... Creech
Kathleen Crowley ... Reporter

Dabney Coleman ... Mayo
Kenneth Kirk ... D.K.
Oren Stevens ... Kipsmith
Jerry Dexter ... Engel
Walter Stroud ... Mr. Chappellet
Carole Carle ... Lena
Rip McManus ... Devore
Joe Jay Jalbert ... Tommy Erb
Tom J. Kirk ... Stiles
Robin Hutton-Potts ... Gabriel
Heini Schuler ... Meier
Peter Rohr ... Boyriven
Arnold Alpiger ... Hinsch
Eddie Waldburger ... Haas
Marco Walli ... Istel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Ballard ... Candy Vendor (uncredited)
Robert Brendlin ... Announcer (uncredited)
Harald Dietl ... Journalist (uncredited)
Christian Doermer ... Brumm (uncredited)

Richard Egan ... Extra in bar scene (uncredited)

Michael Gempart ... Hotel Receptionist (uncredited)
Rudi Gertsch ... Selznick (uncredited)
Walter Gnilka ... Austrian Journalist (uncredited)
Werner Heyking ... Helgerson (uncredited)
Noam Pitlik ... T.V. Announcer (uncredited)
James Sandoe ... Spectator (uncredited)
Harald Schreiber ... Oliviera (uncredited)
Alexander Stampfer ... Skier No. 16 (uncredited)
Ulrike von Zerboni ... Jeanine (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
Writing credits
James Salter (written by)

Oakley Hall (novel "The Downhill Racers") uncredited

Produced by
Richard Gregson .... producer
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
Cinematography by
Brian Probyn 
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris  (as Richard Harris)
Art Direction by
Ian Whittaker 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist (as William J. Lodge)
Production Management
Walter Coblenz .... production manager
Stanley O'Toole .... production supervisor
Paul Hitchcock .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Coblenz .... assistant director
Graham Ford .... second assistant director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
David Wimbury .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tony Teiger .... props
Sound Department
Elden Ruberg .... sound recordist
Kevin Sutton .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Roy L. Downey .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Jay Jalbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Stefan Zürcher .... ski stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Busbridge .... camera operator (as Tony Busbridge)
Alan Hewison .... camera operator
Joe Jay Jalbert .... camera operator
Jean-Paul Janssen .... camera operator
Jean-Pierre Janssen .... camera operator
Austin Parkinson .... camera operator
Michael Temple .... camera operator
Arthur Wooster .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia May .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Nick Archer .... supervising editor
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Renate Arbes .... location manager (as Renate Neuchi)
Don Record .... title designer
Robert Simmonds .... location manager
Joe Jay Jalbert .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Natalie Wood .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marc Hodler .... the producers would like to acknowledge their gratitude to: Federation International de Ski
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Ten days before shooting began, Robert Redford accidentally drove a snowmobile over a cliff, tearing his tendon and requiring seven stitches in his knee.See more »
Continuity: During Johnny Creech's (McMullan's) run at Lauberhorn his skis change from black to red.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Twilight (1998)See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Downhill Racer is a character study., 22 May 2001

In this film, Robert Redford plays David Chappellet a young man training on a ski team with hopes of making the Olympics. The film is basically a character study of a somewhat narcissistic, shallow, self-centered guy from a simple rural background who dreams of attaining fame and fortune by entering the Olympics as a downhill racer. Throughout the film we see examples of his failure to connect with people. He visits his dad on his ranch and is received with complete coldness and indifference. He pulls into town and picks up an old girl friend, takes her for a ride and they have sex. Afterwards, he completely ignores her when she tries to tell him about her life. He pursues Camilla Sparv who plays the beautiful Carole Stahl. In her, he has met his match. She seems to be someone who also uses people, never lets them get very close and always has an agenda to get what she wants. She works for a ski manufacturer who seems to use her to bait the young up and coming skiing stars that he seeks to groom for product advice and future endorsements. She is narcissistic, shallow and self-centered like him but she is also elusive. This plays to the competitor in him and she knows that. Throughout the film we see Gene Hackman who plays the skiing coach Eugene Claire. We witness numerous scenes where Chappellet ignores his advice and counsel, where the coach calls him on his arrogance and selfish attitude. But in the end, they triumph and seem to be headed for the Olympics. But in the last brief scene, victory and fame seems so fickle, elusive, short lived, it all seems superficial. Redford is wonderful in this and of course, Gene Hackman is just as good. Seeing these two early in their careers, that alone makes this a film worth watching.

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